Date of Award

Summer 1978

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Murphy, William G.

Second Advisor

Wenzel, Thomas H.


A new era in Geotechnical engineering has been ushered in by recent developments in computational technology. The state-of-art is being cautiously expanded out of the limitations of empirical equations and simplified solutions into an era of detailed approximations and repeated loading iterations to more accurately predict results. Until recently the state-of-art of geotechnical engineering was severely hampered by the complexity of even the most basic problem. Solutions could be only arrived at by simplifying the problem to its most basic level. Any variation introduced unknowns and complexities that precluded solution except by empirical means. This study uses one of the more powerful tools, the Finite Element Method, to investigate such a problem. The load response of three footings of different configurations are examined to determine the load-deformation relationship of each. The results are compared to determine the benefits, if any, of footings of non-standard configuration.



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